Item ID: 9828 Shun’ei shōchikubai 春詠松竹梅 [Poetry Reading in the Springtime; Pine, Bamboo, & Plum Flowers]. EROTICA.
Shun’ei shōchikubai 春詠松竹梅 [Poetry Reading in the Springtime; Pine, Bamboo, & Plum Flowers].
Shun’ei shōchikubai 春詠松竹梅 [Poetry Reading in the Springtime; Pine, Bamboo, & Plum Flowers].
Shun’ei shōchikubai 春詠松竹梅 [Poetry Reading in the Springtime; Pine, Bamboo, & Plum Flowers].
Shun’ei shōchikubai 春詠松竹梅 [Poetry Reading in the Springtime; Pine, Bamboo, & Plum Flowers].
Shun’ei shōchikubai 春詠松竹梅 [Poetry Reading in the Springtime; Pine, Bamboo, & Plum Flowers].
Shun’ei shōchikubai 春詠松竹梅 [Poetry Reading in the Springtime; Pine, Bamboo, & Plum Flowers].

Shun’ei shōchikubai 春詠松竹梅 [Poetry Reading in the Springtime; Pine, Bamboo, & Plum Flowers].

Three frontis. & 18 double-page color-printed woodblock illus. Colored title-page in Vol. I with gold printing. 15; 11.5; 12.5 folding leaves. Three vols. 12mo (115 x 81 mm.), orig. decorated semi-stiff wrappers (with a few careful repairs), orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. [Japan]: late Edo.

A very rare shunga, with the artist’s pen name, Kairō dōketsu 開楼童傑, on the title; and the author’s pen name, Kaikōsha Shikishō 開好舎色照, at the end of the Preface. The theme of this work is celebrating the New Year and hoping for a good future.

The books are very finely illustrated, with a number of highly complex and skilled images. The volumes use almost all of the techniques that make Japanese illustrated books so wonderful. This late shunga is richly colored and employs bokashi, the delicate variation of shading of pigment within the image, incredibly delicate embossing, and the very ample use of gold, silver, and copper pigments. The furniture, art, and sliding doors all suggest a happy present and an auspicious future.

Fine copy.

Price: $3,500.00

Item ID: 9828

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